Matthew Wayne Selznick’s outstanding story1 Brave Men Run has been available in print as well as ebook and serialized free audiobook for some time now. So why is it a big deal that a publisher has picked up the book for distribution? I’ll let Matt tell you:
I’ve always said that I would consider a publishing deal… if it was the right deal. I’ve never sought one out, but twice now, offers have come.
The first time was last June, from St. Martin’s Press… “Brave Men Run” was championed by the excellent David Moldawer for a line they were considering, and the book got to the editorial board before they passed. David understood what I was trying to do with “Brave Men Run,” and he gets new media. I’m grateful to him for taking it as far as he could!
Then, twelve days ago, I got an exploratory e-mail from Jacob at Permuted. We exchanged a flurry of correspondence as I tested the water. I consulted with some friends and colleagues to get impressions, advice, and opinions — I owe them, and I’m lucky to have such people in my life! I had an hour-and-a-half telephone conversation with Jacob on Monday. We talked about new media, the power of the podcasting community and audience, and the growing force that is the cadre of podcast novelists.
Jacob gets it, too. His zombie-lit Permuted Press is a labor of love that has grown into a well-respected house in that genre. Some of his authors started their books as blogs and some give away entire books online, so he understands and embraces the power of new media and the direct connection / fuzzy line between content creator and content consumer. I get the impression he’s genuinely excited by the passion and commitment alive in the podcasting sphere.
You can read his full comments on Matt’s site. Trust me when I tell you this is huge news. Congrats to you Matt! I look forward to owning another print version when it comes out in a few months!
1 – I’m on record as saying this was the best book I had listened to in 2005. No, I’m not kidding or shilling.